73-Year-Old Tries to Burn Down Abortion Clinic

Philip J. Buyno, 73, of Prophetstown, has been arrested and federally charged after he allegedly used fire to damage a building used in interstate commerce.

According to the affidavit, Danville Police responded to an alarm at 600 N. Logan Ave. in Danville around 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

They found Buyno stuck inside a maroon Volkswagen Passet that he had backed into the entrance of the building, which is being renovated for use as a reproductive health clinic.

According to the affidavit, Buyno brought several containers filled with gasoline with him.

Danville Police arrested Buyno on Saturday. He is scheduled to appear in federal court in Urbana at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric I. Long.

Judge Long will address whether Buyno will be released on bond or held in custody pending further proceedings.

If convicted of attempted arson, Buyno faces five to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and three years of supervised release.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Springfield Field Office, and the Danville Police Department. Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugene L. Miller is representing the government in the prosecution.

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